South Carolina Supreme Court poised to address arbitration of children’s issues

Posted Friday, May 7th, 2021 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Jurisprudence, Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

In 2019, the South Carolina Court of Appeals issued two published opinions holding that child-related family law issues (custody/visitation/child support) could not be arbitrated and

The Cat Lawyer has been Milkshake Ducked

Posted Sunday, February 14th, 2021 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

This cultural tendency to search for everyone’s feet of clay is well captured by the 2016 Milkshake Duck meme. The meme is a reference to

All hail extracurriculars!

Posted Friday, February 12th, 2021 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Law and Culture, Miscellaneous, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, Of Interest to General Public

A few weeks ago I had my first court hearing on the issue of whether a non-custodial parent should be forced to take one child

Daily finds Court of Appeals digging in the weeds of a multi-state visitation schedule

Posted Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The February 10, 2021, Court of Appeals opinion in Daily v. Daily sees that court examining the minutia of a visitation schedule for a non

The domestic attorney’s obligations when the client wants to repudiate a not-yet-court-approved agreement that attorney helped negotiate

Posted Friday, January 22nd, 2021 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

The vast majority of family court cases resolve by agreement. Typically those agreements are made outside of court. Such agreements must be reviewed and approved

Even in a pandemic year, South Carolina appellate courts render some interesting published family law opinions

Posted Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

2020 was an interesting year to be a family law attorney. With the courts mostly closed in early spring, I mainly stayed busy with appellate

The human condition is hard and domestic litigation makes it harder: see a mental health counselor

Posted Sunday, December 20th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants

Coming of age as a Jew in the “I’m Okay; You’re Okay” culture of 1970’s Southern California, I’ve never understood the stigma over seeking mental

Jackson case demonstrates problems arising when there’s a lengthy delay between separation and litigation

Posted Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Alimony/Spousal Support, Child Custody, Equitable Distribution/Property Division, South Carolina Appellate Decisions

The December 9, 2020, Court of Appeals opinion in Jackson v. Jackson demonstrates the problems that can develop in equitably dividing the marital estate when

Refiled Sellers opinion adds one footnote and one clarification

Posted Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Family Court Procedure, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

A refiled December 9, 2020 Court of Appeals opinion in Sellers v. Nicholls makes two minor changes to the original August 5, 2020 opinion, which

Litigating by day; fornicating by night

Posted Monday, November 2nd, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Family Court Procedure, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants

Early in my career there was a long-ago-retired, rural-county judge who admonished litigants violating the following rule that, “ya cain’t be LIT-I-GATE-in’ in the daytime

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